Many times, in creating the mosaics, I incorporate older, used objects into my art. Although the trays, plates and bowels have a certain beauty and character, the rim is the most important feature. The rim frames the mosaic and adds a sculptural element. It is an essential part of the art.
Below are a few images of my mosaic art where the rim is a key element.
How to name a piece of art? It is difficult. Sometimes, it is better to let the piece speak for its self. However, in setting the mosaics within a tray or a dish, I name the piece after the manufacturer. Lady Oneida derives her name from the Oneida Company, the maker of this silver plated, butler’s tray. Oneida, founded in 1880 is still in business, part of the Anchor Hocking Company. They no longer make silver plated trays.
This vintage butler’s tray adds additional character to the mosaic. The handles and the flowered rim are distinct, complimenting the mosaic. The tray, originally tarnished and scratched, now has a new life as a piece of fine art.
Lady Oneida is decorative, functional and she may help to strike up a conversation.
Wabi Sabi is wonderful concept of aesthetic values that originated in Japan, placing value on older objects. They might be scratched, nicked or tarnished. But over the years, they have acquired a distinctive character, a patina.
As part of my mosaic work, I search through second hand stores, looking for older objects such as vintage, silver plated trays that have character, patina.
In selecting the object, the rim is important as it frames the mosaic and becomes an essential part of the art. The pattern on the rim of the silver plated tray is distinctive and adds a sculptural element to the piece.
These older objects are usually tarnished and scratched. With a little elbow grease, they can be cleaned and restored. The flat surface of the silver plated tray is polished so that it reflects the light as it passes through the glass, creating depth and a luminous appearance to the mosaic.